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Green Tip

Idling Your Car

On cold mornings, it is tempting to go out and "warm up" your vehicle before driving to work. But did you know that idling your vehicle for more than 10 seconds can use more fuel than restarting your engine, and that idling your vehicle for 10 minutes uses as much fuel as it takes to travel five miles? Idling can be a waste of natural resources, generate excessive noise and be a cause of air pollution that can be harmful to children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems. Several states, such as Massachusetts, have car idling laws under which a person can be fined as much as $500 if he or she idles a vehicle for more than five minutes unless it is an emergency situation or stuck in traffic. So help us all breathe a little easier and keep idling down to a bare minimum.

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Sustainability Plan

Sustainability Plan

U of M Sustainability Mission:

The University of Memphis serves as a model for practices supporting urban based ecologically-friendly sustainability that preserve the earth’s resources and promote a high quality of life for mankind. Behave today in a way that produces a equal or better environment for those who live in the future.

We will:

Goal One: Stewardship of the Built Environment

(design, space use, how we modify the natural environment and operate these structures)

Goal Two: Stewardship of the Natural Environment

Goal Three:  Build a campus culture of sustainability

  • Communicate and market sustainable practices
    • University of Memphis projects, research, and accomplishments
    • Recycling awareness programs
    • Sustainability conferences, events, campaigns and workshops
  • Offer incentives and provide recognition of sustainability practices
  • Sponsor sustainability competitions
  • Integrate sustainable living information into student programs
  • Policies of sustainability

Goal Four:  Integrate Sustainability into the curriculum and research

Goal Five:   Engage with the community to advance sustainability

 Develop and execute a sustainability plan with surrounding neighborhoods and businesses


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